Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost Sunday

by | May 28, 2009 | Feast Day Plans, Pentecost | 9 comments

* I just updated and revised my post from last year, adding a few new ideas and fixing some of the links… Here is the updated version!

The feast of Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, ranks among the great feasts of Christianity. “It commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects of that event: the completion of the work of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and its children, and the gift of faith for all nations.”

Here is a list of ideas that could be done for this day!

(Disclaimer: We will not get to all of these (more like just a few!), but I thought I would share the ideas with you just the same!)


Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Ghost, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Ghost we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.


  • You can find a list of ideas I posted last year over at Catholic Cuisine.
  • Since Pentecost is also known as “Whitsunday,” and one tradition is to serve white foods, we will be having powdered sugar doughnuts and white hot chocolate with breakfast and an afternoon snack of milk and Macaroons.
  • Amy’s family always enjoys Holy Ghost Sopas.
  • Set the table with a red tablecloth and white plates.
  • Another dinner suggestion is to serve Cornish Game Hens (representing the Dove), Pasta Alfredo (white), and Cauliflower (white).
  • Here is a link to all the posts at Catholic Cuisine labeled Pentecost.
  • Cornish game hens sound like too much work, so I think I am going to go with the “Red-Hot Theme” for dinner this year. Maybe some grilled shrimp (it’s red!) and veggies? That way hubby can cook! 😉
  • I’ve really been craving fruit all week, so I definitely plan on making a Twelve-Fruit Salad this year!
  • For dessert, A Cake for Pentecost, complete with the mighty wind to blow out the candles. This was a hit last year, and I plan on making it again!


Copy work:

My Lord and My God!

–traditional Eucharistic exclamation.



Who Has The Fire?

Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.
Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.
Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says “STOP!”, the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”.

What are your plans for Pentecost? I would love to hear any ideas that you all have as well!

I hope you have a blessed Pentecost Sunday!


  1. Lena

    WOW! I appreciate you sharing your gifts, all the info gathered and ideas generated.


    PAX – Lena

  2. Megan

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas. It will make the day even more special. God Bless.

  3. Kristyn Hall

    Pentecost is our big day, Jessica! I am so anticipating my First Communion I am not sleeping well. 🙂

  4. Angela

    Thank you again for all the wonderful ideas!
    That cake looks fabulous – I think I will make one on Sunday.


  5. Anonymous

    This is awesome Jessica! Thank you!

  6. Erin

    Thanks for sharing these ideas! I love the Pentecost cake.

    I have always been confused about the gifts of the Spirit vs. fruits of the Spirit… there are seven gifts and 12 fruits? Why are they listed in two different categories? I must have been daydreaming when they went over this in my Catholic school, lol.

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Erin ~ It is a bit confusing! After you mentioned that, I noticed I mixed up the two for one of the craft ideas! Oops! =)

    Anyhow, the 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost are the effects of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost. I think that is why they are on two separate lists.

  8. JaredWilkerson

    All 12 fruits of the Spirit should at some point after receiving the Spirit be evident in a person's life. However, the gifts of the Spirit are ways through which God sometimes chooses to do the miraculous in the midst of his people. There is no guarantee that everyone will be used in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11), but everyone should show the fruits of the Spirit.


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